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Mono No Aware

Friday 5 - Sunday 14 November 
Opening Reception, Sat 6 Nov, 2-6pm. All very welcome


In Mono No Aware, an exhibition of new works, artist Jonathan Michael Ray makes use of a wide range of past and present-time objects, material and processes, brought together in strangely familiar modes of display. The result is assemblage in many forms, including video, print, stained glass, drawing and sculpture. The title of the show translates as “the pathos of things”: a Japanese term for an awareness of, and gentle sadness for the transient quality of life.

Ray’s work in this installation is inspired by ideas of sacred spaces: including churches, historic sites, nature and museum collections, and considers the journeys and pilgrimages we all make in our lives. His work alludes to the sublime power that inanimate material and objects can contain when we give them space, time and authority to do so.

Join us for the opening reception on Saturday 6 November from 2pm until 6pm. All are very welcome.


Jonathan Michael Ray (b1984, High Wycombe, UK) has been based in West Cornwall since 2018. He studied at Nottingham Trent in 2007 and at Slade School of Fine Art in 2016. Earlier this year Ray was selected to take part in Masterclass at Zabludowicz Collection, London, he and Verity Birt organised "Gathering" a group exhibition at Grays Wharf, Penryn, and has been shortlisted for the National Sculpture Prize which is currently on show at Broomhill Estate in Devon.

Image: Jonathan Michael Ray, (not) Cathedral Cave, 2021, silver gelatine photograph, church glass, lead, oak, brass, 53x116.5x2.6cm

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